Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Vandalized in Denver’s City Park

A Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Denver’s City Park has been vandalized, prompting an investigation by the Denver Police Department’s Bias-Motivated Crime Unit. The incident occurred sometime on Tuesday, with several pieces of the marble and bronze “I Have a Dream” memorial being stolen.

The stolen items include a bronze torch, an angel, and a bronze panel depicting Black military veterans, as reported by The Denver Post. The vandalism was brought to light on Wednesday morning when a community member informed Vern Howard, the chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission.

In response to the act of vandalism, Howard expressed his determination to continue honoring Dr. King’s message and working towards freedom, justice, and the eradication of racism, hatred, and discrimination. The memorial, created by artist Ed Dwight in 2002, features a bronze statue of Martin Luther King Jr., along with smaller statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, and Frederick Douglass.

The Denver Police Department’s Bias-Motivated Crime Unit is currently investigating the incident to determine if racial bias was a motivating factor behind the vandalism.

Author: CrimeDoor

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